The Sun Post-Herald reported that uncollected taxes for the Lakewood City School District rose from $3.8 million in early 2009 to $5.4 million at the close of 2009 collections. The article noted that delinquencies will probably still exceed $5 million when new figures are released next month.
Even though some of the tardy tax money was eventually captured – the school district’s treasurer indicated 50% of the $3.8 million amount was collected – these are big numbers with considerable consequences.
There are currently 432 parcels of land in the city with an accumulative total of about $1.8 million in delinquent property taxes, according to data provided last week by the Cuyahoga County Treasurer’s office.
The properties fall into a variety of different categories. In some cases, the property owners are on a repayment plan or are appealing the tax assessment. 30 of the properties are currently in foreclosure, and many others have been in foreclosure at one time or another.
The top 20 are:
|One Lakewood Company||15316 Detroit Ave||$130,752.48|
|Mdn Investment Corporation||12900 Lake||$104,156.49|
|P & P Real Estate||14013 Detroit Ave||$75,121.28|
|Wheeler and Corrigan Properties||13468 Clifton Blvd||$43,736.39|
|Edgewater-Cove Apart||12065 Edgewater Dr||$36,053.64|
|Petratos, Erasmia Fotios||1481 Alameda Ave||$35,186.54|
|One Lakewood Company||15316 Detroit Ave||$29,347.23|
|Candrilli, Alfred J.||1048 Kirtland Ln||$29,327.64|
|Rusnak, Annetta M||1537 Alameda Ave||$25,824.61|
|Simone, James||1331 Mathews Ave||$25,005.67|
|Big Oak LLC||1327 Bonnieview Ave||$24,499.85|
|13509 Detroit Associates||17545 Madison Ave.||$24,072.02|
|Mcclure Properties Llc||1369 Edwards Ave||$20,538.35|
|Detroit Avenue Realty||1210 W Clifton Blvd||$20,002.89|
|Moulagianis, Niko||15621 Detroit Ave||$19,264.88|
|Bramel Randy W||1486 Hopkins Ave||$19,051.13|
|Detroit Avenue Realty Co.||18100 Detroit Ave||$18,930.50|
|Stasiak, Helena T||11806 Clifton Blvd||$16,508.43|
|1468 Highland Manor Apts., LLC||1468 W. 117th St||$16,278.49|
|George and Jean, LLC||1332 W. 117th St||$15,948.10|
One Lakewood Company owes about $160,000 on the two parcels of land that comprise Lakewood Plaza (sometimes called Drug Mart Plaza) at 15316 Detroit Ave., across from the Lakewood Public Library. They are on a payment plan.
Plans to extensively renovate the retail strip center and add a Quaker Steak & Lube were announced earlier this year.
Director of Planning and Development Nathan Kelly in February told city council that the project had some challenges. “It hasn’t been easy,” he said. “They want want to spend as little as possible.” Kelly said plaza management was saddled with some unprofitable leases and was trying to shed them or wait them out.
MDN Investment Corp. owes $104,000 on the restaurant in The Carlyle that once housed Swingos. The Plain Dealer reported in January that Ferris Steak House was going to take over the spot. The article says Bruce Ferris purchased the location for $255,000, but property records don’t support the claim.
In fact, the Carlyle Condo Association on June 3rd placed a $26,000 lien on the property, and named East 4th St, LLC as an owner — although that company doesn’t seem to own the property either, according to the Cuyahoga County Recorder’s Web site.
P & P Real Estate, the group that bought the old Giant Eagle on the corner Bunts and Detroit with the intention of building an Urban Active, owes $75,000 on the property. They also purchased a couple of houses immediately to the south of the property, one on Bunts and another on Parkhaven Row.
Both houses look ill-cared for and had delinquent taxes. Now, only the Parkhaven Row property tax is late — to the tune of $12,000.
A few property owners that have tangled with the city in court over the last couple of years are on the delinquent list. Joesph Falat owes a total of about $9,000 on separate homes in Birdtown. Oak Tree Manor on Bonnieview owes almost $24,500. Hidden Village on Clifton owes a little over $13,000. Both apartment buildings took on tenants receiving subsidized rent and ran into various confilcts.
There are a handful of buildings on the delinquent tax list that are tied to restaurants: Niko’s at 15621 Detroit ($19,264), Dianna’s Deli and Restaurant at 1332 W. 117th ($15,948), and Donatos Pizza at 18100 Detroit ($18,930).
The complete list can be viewed here. (.PDF). Property taxes are next due on July 14th, so these numbers will soon change.
The Crime Calendar has been updated through June 23rd. Police were notified that the structure at 1549 Lakewood Ave. will be demolished. It had been home to some really shady characters, and was a neighborhood nuisance. Here’s hoping that the vacant lot doesn’t draw more of the same kind of trouble.
Police were notified of copper pipe thefts at 1666 Elbur and 1292 Fry. Someone was also arrested trying to loot the Social Security building construction site at the corner of Roycroft and Detroit.
There was another report of an it’s-not-a-pit-bull-it’s-an-american-bull-dog situation. Sounds familiar.
If you take your car to get fixed at Calanni Auto Service on Madison, you may need a good lawyer. For the umpteenth time, somebody called the police because Calanni wouldn’t return their car. If it’s not one thing with this business, then it’s something else.